The fourth day of the Zapatista Escuelita
Elio Henríquez, Correspondent
La Jornada, Friday August 16, 2013, p. 17
San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas., August 15.
In the Zapatista autonomous government “justice is not for sale, and whoever commits a crime pays for it through collective work and repairing the damage”, said rebel support bases on the fourth day of activities in the Escuelita, in which the course freedom according to the Zapatistas is being offered.
In the videoconference on Thursday, which revolved around the theme of justice, they claimed that “in the official government, justice is a business because whoever has money walks free even if he has committed serious crimes”, while the poor “are in prison for invented crimes”.
They said that one of the “thousands” of examples of “unjust” imprisonment in Mexico is that of Alberto Patishtán Gómez, for whom they “fabricated the crimes” of murder, possession of weapons for the exclusive use of the armed forces, and wounding, which have kept him in prison for 13 years; for this reason they demanded his release.
“Therefore we say that in this country there is a great injustice and people are living as they are living, because some are taking all the wealth of the people while others are poorer every day”, they said.
The six leaders who have offered videoconferencing since Monday were identified today as Gabriela, Valentina, Filiberto, Marin, Marlene and Doroteo.
The classes will conclude on Friday at the five Caracoles and the Indigenous Training Centre Las Casas, located in this city.